I’d like to introduce you to The Button Club. All the members of The Button Club are acquaintances of mine. Many of them are friends. A couple of them are confidants. They came together because of a community I help curate. They’re taking Erin Bried’s book and making a lot of awesome with it as… Continue reading The Button Club
It’s been two years since I launched IndieRiver as a bootleg-trading community tracker using BitTorrent. That seems just a little crazy to me. I didn’t think we’d be to 85 shows by now, but we are! 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever told the story, but IndieRiver was a domain that Bryan picked up in… Continue reading Two Years of IndieRiver!
Boss: “How was your weekend?” Me: “Honestly, pretty shitty. I spent all weekend tangling with my Web server and got three hours’ sleep.” Boss: “I’m not really sure that it’s worth the time that you put into it.” Me: “Trust me, on days like today, I wonder about that myself.”
I think that Tom Coates’s thinking about online communities seeking self-reflexive rulesets is awesome. Most communities are pretty darn hierarchical, and while you need that at some points in your community—especially early growth—I’m not sure that it’s the best thing for the long term, no matter how benevolent the folks at the top are. Change… Continue reading Self-Reflexive Rulesets in Online Communities
I’m still kinda shocked that, one week in, I have 153 users on IndieRiver.net. Kinda astounds me.
I had someone tell me this morning that a bunch of the sites that I run “are very Web 2.0ish”. I think that this was supposed to be a compliment. Frankly, nothing that we’re doing is anything we couldn’t have done four years ago. We are breaking very little, if any, new technical ground. I… Continue reading Okay, I Think That This Web 2.0 Thing Can Die Now
Looks like Upcoming has made lots of process improvements: New Add Event Form As the number of events on Upcoming grew, several parts of the original design have become harder and harder to use over time. A perfect example was the “Add Event” form, which used a pulldown menu for choosing a venue. That worked… Continue reading Upcoming.org Improvements
Y’know, since I started down the BitTorrent-music-bootleg path back in December—for which I thank Mark Smiley—I’ve been wanting to find a reasonably decent tracker solution for [rocksmyfaceoff.net]. Fast forward to the spring a bit, when Bryan grabbed indieriver.net for an indie-support project he was wanting to do. We were shaping that and figuring it out… Continue reading IndieRiver.net
I watch things like the growth of sizes of databases on sites I run. It’s just a peculiar fascination of mine. One I’ve always watched with interest is the size of the database powering the Rumor Forum. It’s always been large—it’s been years since we’ve been below 100 MB!—but I’ve noticed lately that it’s been… Continue reading Better Tools > Better Data
I gave the [rocksmyfaceoff.net] folks their own wiki. This is going really well, and the folks I figured would be on top of it are. People want to tell their stories; communities want to tell them collaboratively. Give ’em the space.